In the months leading up to the United States presidential election in 2016, false stories circulated widely on social media. Media scholars and journalists cautioned Americans to get their news from trusted media networks and newspapers rather than from unvetted online publishers. It’s also important to learn how markets and regulations shape our traditional media landscape. We’ve compiled some articles, databases, and government resources below to help our readers understand the behind-the-scenes forces that help shape the news.
The story is, by now, familiar to everyone who keeps up with the news. On February 14, 2018 a school shooter armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle murdered 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Since then, students who survived the massacre have spoken out in support of gun control. Their actions — and the public support they have gained — have successfully kept the topic of gun control in the news for much longer than is typical after a school shooting occurs. This post is intended to provide links to reliable resources — peer-reviewed articles, government documents, and more — to help you better understand the issue.
The Me Too movement is a Twitter hashtag and social movement that calls attention to the widespread problem of sexual harassment and assault. The movement frequently appears in news headlines and has received both favorable and critical coverage. Below, we have compiled some resources to help students think critically about the topic.
Offshore drilling for oil and natural gas is detrimental to the environment, but economically beneficial for the energy industry in the United States. Before the end of his second term in office, former U.S. President Barack Obama issued a ban on offshore drilling. Recently, President Trump declared his intentions to lift the ban and allow energy companies to resume offshore drilling. This post provides links to resources to help you understand the issues and its significance.
President Donald Trump recently announced that the United States will officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The president also plans to relocate the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We’ve gathered some resources to help you learn more about this new development and about the long-standing conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Recent news coverage has focused on a trove of newly available documents related to the 1963 assassination of United States President John F. Kennedy. This post provides information on recent news and government documents to help you better understand the issues.
In less than two months, 500,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar and crossed into Bangladesh to escape persecution. The United Nations has called it the world’s fastest developing refugee crisis, and relief agencies are finding it difficult to meet the need for food, water, shelter, and medical care. This post is intended to provide information on recent news, current research, and reliable information to help you better understand and think critically about these issues.
Earlier this month, the Trump administration called upon Congress to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program applies to young adults who have grown up in the U.S. but are not recognized as citizens because they came to the country as undocumented immigrants when they were children. We’ve gathered some resources to help you explore the topic and think critically about the ongoing news coverage.
It’s hurricane season. Hurricane Harvey and the rain that followed dumped 33 trillion gallons of water on the southern United States. Now, Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes ever recorded, has devastated the Caribbean and is poised to hit Florida, with the potential of causing further catastrophic damage. What’s happening? Is climate change partly to blame? Should we be better prepared? What public health concerns are there? And how long will it take to rebuild — and at what cost? This post is intended to provide information on recent news, current research, and reliable information to help you better understand these issues.
A tragedy occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, as a white nationalist terrorist drove through a group of protestors convened to counter-protest a scheduled rally of white nationalists who were protesting the removal of war memorials honoring the Confederate side of the Civil War. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources to guide your understanding of the events.
On August 10, President Trump declared the opioid crisis a national emergency. Many underlying factors have led to the rapid increase in opioid-related deaths and to the related federal initiatives to combat the crisis. This post provides information on recent news, current research, and reliable information to help you understand the opioid crisis.
The past week has seen a swirl of high profile news stories about all of the different investigations looking into the role Russia played in the 2016 Presidential Election and claims of collusion that have been leveled at the Trump Campaign. Rumors were also recently reported that President Trump was considering firing Special Prosecutor Mueller. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources to guide your understanding.
Net Neutrality is the topic of this installment of the University Libraries' "A Matter of Facts." On July 12, we saw a huge online protest from hundreds of technology companies against the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to change regulations around internet service. The FCC is currently accepting comments on topic, through Monday, July 17. This post will help you navigate the flow of information, provide you with links to publicly available information, and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources to guide your understanding of internet regulation.
The Senate Republican leadership recently released a draft of a proposed health care reform bill. It has generated a lot of discussion and analysis in the media and pundits are prognosticating a vote soon. The bill would repeal and replace the existing Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare. This post will help you navigate the flow of information and point you to University of Minnesota Libraries resources and provide you with links to publicly available information to guide your understanding of the law and its ramifications.
President Trump revealed his decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accord, or Paris Agreement, on June 1, 2017. The agreement strives to reduce climate change among nations and was put into place by President Obama in 2015 as an executive act. If you have questions about what this decision means in practice or where you can go for additional information, we can help you by providing additional information and links to online resources.